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Foxgloves in medicine.

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After briefly outlining the work of William Withering (1741-1799) and Sir James Mackenzie (1853-1925) on the use of digitalis in the treatment of heart disease, the film describes the chemical composition and medcinal properties of the crystalline glycosides found in the leaves of the common foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), and shows how digoxin is extracted from the leaves of the white Danubian foxglove (Digitalis Lanata). The pharmacological action of digoxin is demonstrated on isolated rabbit and frog heart preparations and rabbit auricles, and clinical cases are used to show its therapeutic values in congestive heart failure. Animated diagrams are used to show the relation between cardiac action and electrocardiograms in the normal heart and in cases of auricular fibrillation, and to explain the therapeutic effects of digoxin.


[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1951.

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1 videocassette (VHS) (27 min.) : 1 videocassette (HDD5) (27 min.) : 1 videocassette (DIGI BETA) (27 min.) : 2 DVDs (27 min. each) : sound, color, PAL. sound, color, PAL. sound, color, PAL. sound, color

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Wellcome Trust.


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Wellcome Foundation Film Unit with Dr A. Hollman (University College Hospital, London) -- producer and director, Florence Anthony; photographer, Douglas Fisher



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